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John S. Laughton(Lawton)Hope Falls, NY
Posted by: James F. Lawton Date: July 06, 2001 at 09:41:25
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Yesterday, after 20 to 30 years, I went over old Federal census records of the Town of Hope, Hamilton, County, N.Y. Squire Lawton (Laughton), my great great great grandfather, gives in the 1850 and 1870 census his place of birth as Vt. But in the l860 census he gives place of birth as NY. Zeruiah, my great great great grandmother, in the 1850, 1870 and 1880 census gives her name as Zeruiah. But in the l860 census gives her name as Isabella (in other records I have only seen it as Zeruiah, Seruiah and Sara). The census taker for Hope, 1860 census, wrote in a fine and excellent script. And in the block for sex of the person he without deviation entered in script in the center of the block an M or F. For the family of Leonard Lawton, Hope, son of Squire Lawton, in l860, for Francis, he entered in the center of the block for sex of person, in script, an F. Then - at some time in the census taking process - he entered in a lower open space to the right in the block, in script neatly, M. What is unusual is that he crossed out neither M or F. In his census he crossed out mistakes....Also unusual is that in the l860 census Leonard, as the census was first penned in, had no middle sons for a space of 15 years. Only the two older sons William H. and Pembrook, and youngest son Seymour appear. There is a gap of 15 years, as the census was first penned in, when there were no middle sons....Francis enlisted in the Civil War and the Army reported him missing in action. Leonard in his older years claimed to have difficulty finding work, and made a pension claim on the war service of son Francis. I have read the record and it goes on in terms of paperwork for a few years untill Leonard died at age 80.....In later years the remaining estate of Squire Lawton was settled and my great grandfather, John S. Lawton appears in several deed records in the settlement of the estate and one record delineates him as the son of Leonard. He is the only middle son to appear. The only other sons being the oldest William H. and the youngest, Seymour, who were nearly 20 years apart in years.


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